Ashoka is excited to launch the African Social Investment Accelerator to support social entrepreneurs across the continent to refine their business model and become… read more
Africa’s rural farmers often pay 200-400% more than the world price for fertilizers because the way fertilizer is currently produced can only be done at a large scale abroad and then imported. This adds to the cost of food production for small-scale subsistence farmers, driving them into a vicious cycle of poverty. What makes the matter worse is that these imported fertilizers often are not tailored to the African soil, which in many parts is acidic (FAO, 2012). Safi Organics offers these farmers a unique fertilizer blend, tailored to the African soil, at 40% cheaper than what they currently have to pay. When applied over the long term, our fertilizer will also counteract against the soil acidity problem, leading to better crop yield and higher income for the farmers. The efficacy of our fertilizer blend has been successfully tested in pilot plots in Kenya.